November 27, 2013

The Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles


Ever since I saw a photo of this building, I've wanted to go see it.

I mean, look at it. Doesn't it look like a great white castle on top of the hill, overlooking it's kingdom below? I can imagine horses carrying riders on their backs, thundering down the hill. Maybe it's just me. But it's a beautiful building that has a power to let your imagination flow.

The Griffith Observatory was opened to the public on May 14, 1935. Since then millions of people have come to enjoy the facility and the ever famous view of the city of Los Angeles. Personally, I had no idea it was such a tourist spot. But I can understand why everyone would want to come here.

For one, the view is amazing. We went during the day and the you could see the whole city spread out in front of you. Also, we went inside the observatory and that was fascinating as well. I especially loved the ceiling mural.

I was so busy taking everything in and catching up with my friends while enjoying the view that I didn't take as many pictures as I thought. I guess that just shows how much I liked being up there. Next time I want to go right before the sunset and enjoy the city lights at night. On a clear night, you can even get a chance to see the sky through a telescope. How awesome is that?

Here are some pictures:


6 comments:

  1. All I see is the wonderful casual laid-back relaxed Californian dress code. Sigh.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Isn't it grand? Every tourist there was dressed to relax, including us! ;D

      Delete
  2. I love these pictures! And the view... wow...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The view was pretty amazing. So different than our view of Tokyo...they really have a lot of land over there ;D

      Delete
  3. If I were to use one word it might be majestic.

    Some interesting old photos here. At first glance I averted my eyes from the top photo thinking it was Atomic Dome in Hiroshima.

    The smog wasn’t too bad in your city views. Quite a bit of real blue in that first view shot. This used to be a normal day. And this and this clear days (by comparison with “normal”). The wires over the streets in the photo were for street cars. And, yes I remember cars of that age. Just to be able to make out downtown from up there at the observatory would have been a rarity.

    Oh, and you got a photo of the Foucault Pendulum. Did you wait for it to knock over a black cylinder?

    So glad you enjoyed your visit.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Majestic. That is the perfect word for the Griffith Observatory!

      It's interesting how this building reminds people of different places. It does slightly have the shape of the Atomic Dome. For me, it had the look of an Arabian castle. Also, the view of the observatory from Mt. Hollywood in your link is amazing. Wow.

      The smog wasn't bad at all. This was in the afternoon so maybe it had thinned out a little. There was a slight breeze, which could be another reason. It must have been quite suffocating to have to live in all that smog back then!

      We did stare at the swinging Goucault Pendulum for a bit. Unfortunately all the black cylinders had already been knocked over. Maybe next time ;D

      Delete